CONFRONTING THE RISE OF RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA & ANTI-SEMITISM

SAT 21 OCTOBER 2017
THE LIGHT, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, LONDON
sutuNow is an urgent time for anti-racists to organise. We need to defend refugees and migrants, oppose Islamophobia and Antisemitism and stop all racist scapegoating.
Theresa May continues to use the future of millions of EU nationals as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. The tragic aftermath of the terror attacks in Manchester, Westminster and at London Bridge has led to a ramping up of Islamophobia with May arguing that “enough is enough” in the face of “Islamic extremism”.
It’s this kind of scapegoating of the Muslim community alongside the rantings of the right wing press that open the door to attacks like the terrorist assault on Finsbury Park Mosque. In such a heated atmosphere and with UKIP trounced in the general election sections of the far right want to seize the time and take to the streets, using Islamophobia to win support.
In the US, Trump’s attacks on migrants and Muslims have opened the door to the far right. At Charlottesville we saw fascists marching with torches, swatikas and confederate flags and Heather Heyer murdered. There has been a brilliant response by anti-racists in the US since the Charlottesville events.
In Europe, the far right look to replicate the growth of the likes of Marine Le Pen and the Front National in France. She has developed a movement centred on Islamophobia and opposition to immigration. The combination got her into the final round of this year’s French Presidential elections.
The ongoing reality of institutional racism in Britain has been highlighted by the horrific death toll at Grenfell Tower. The Tories won’t even grant a full amnesty to survivors and their families are undocumented migrants.
The deaths after contact with police of Edson DaCosta, Rashan Charles and Darren Cumberbatch are recent examples of how black lives don’t seem to matter to the forces of law and order.
It’s an urgent task to build a mass anti-racist movement in Britain. To build a united movement we must build opposition to racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism in every workplace, every community and on every college campus.
Come to the conference and join the debate about how we build the anti-racist movement.
Speakers include:
Kevin Courtney NUT Gen Sec, Dave Ward CWU Gen Sec, Kate Osamor MP Shadow DfID Secretary, Catherine West Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green, Claude Moraes Labour MEP, Lowkey rapper, Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer, Maurice Wren Chief Exec Refugee Council, Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles, Moazzem Begg former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Clare Mosesley Care4Calais founder.

Our council: Austerity for the many not the few!

Barnet TUC notes with some alarm the advert below for a new CEO of the Barnet Group which manages Housing Services and Services for vulnerable adults for the London Borough of Barnet.
 
This advertised Salary represents an increase of at least 15% on the when the role was previously advertised in 2015.
 
Local Government workers are facing a Pay Cap of 1% imposed by the Tory Government
 
At the same time front line Housing Services like ASSIST and Caretaking Services are being cut and Terms and Conditions and wages of staff are being slashed.

Your Choice Barnet workers, who were amongst the lowest paid workers in the Barnet Group, had their salaries reduced by 9.7% 
 
Every Service we provide is constantly under review looking for savings.
 
Every service in the Barnet Group is suffering from under funding and is understaffed.
 
The Barnet Group has set up a company, TBG Flex, for new workers in Barnet Homes and Your Choice Barnet – with less pay and state statutory minimum Terms and Conditions, a longer working week and no access to the Local Government Pension Scheme. So we have a two tier workforce operating in a council owned entity.

All in the name of Austerity.
 
This is a disgrace and cannot continue – TBG Flex staff must be transferred back to Local Government Terms and Conditions.
 
The waste of money in having the Barnet Group as a separate Local Authority Trading Company, where senior managers are paid over inflated salaries awarded by the Boards which in themselves are an administrative nightmare and an added expense –
 
Barnet Group Board
Barnet Homes Board
Your Choice Barnet Board
TBG Flex Board
Open Door Homes Board
 
Board members are paid £5k a year for on average 8 days work a year.
 
Austerity for the many not the few!
 
This is all unnecessary – Return Housing Services and Your Choice Barnet back In House and go back to a Director of Housing – The savings made could be put back into the front line Housing Services.

SERTUC International Committee Welcomes Huber Ballesteros

JFCWednesday 13 September 2017

6.00pm – 8.00pm 

Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist. Every year numerous union leaders, union activists and union members are assassinated – simply because of their trade union activities. Over 2,500 unionists have been murdered in the past 20 years, more than in the rest of the world combined.

After 40 months in jail, Huber Ballesteros has finally been released from prison. On Friday 13 January 2017, the court lifted the preventive detention order against the prominent trade union and peasant farmer leader, allowing for his release from La Picota Prison in Bogotá.

Huber, one of the leaders of the Patriotic March, a member of the National executive of the Colombian trade union congress (CUT) and Vice-president of the agricultural workers’ union FENSUAGRO, was arrested in 2013 when he was leading the National Agrarian Strike.

Meeting supported by: Justice for Colombia and Parliamentary Friends of Colombia

Information about the venue:

Congress House is a fully accessible building. 

Rally and lobby of Parliament on fair pay for public servants

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Join us in Westminster on 17 October, to tell our MPs that Britain’s dedicated public servants need a pay rise.

For 7 years, government has restricted public sector pay rises to less than inflation – or nothing at all. But prices haven’t stopped rising in that time, and inflation means nurses, firefighters, and other public servants’ wages are worth over £2,000 less than they were when the coalition government started in 2010.

Pressure is growing on all sides for a change of course, and a fair pay rise for public servants.

Union members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MPs on the afternoon of 17 October. And afterwards, we’ll be hosting a rally in Parliament Square, so MPs won’t be able to ignore our message.

We’ll be posting more details here as they are confirmed, but save the afternoon now.

Support EU citizens’ right to remain day of action

13 September 2017 2:00pm–6:00pm

Palace of Westminster London SW1A 0AA

barnet-unison-logo-e1462368170626On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals.

UNISON believes that EU citizens currently living in the UK make a major contribution to society and should be allowed to stay here after the UK leaves the EU.

We are calling on the government to make this commitment and you can help by joining us to lobby your MP at Westminster on 13 September.

Workers from across Europe play a vital role in our public services, especially the NHS and local government. They have built their lives here. They have settled and integrated into British society.

Negotiations so far have failed to secure EU citizens’ existing rights – leading to massive uncertainty for UNISON members and their families. They deserve better.

On 13 September, UNISON members will join a lobby of Parliament to speak up for the rights of EU nationals. This is an important issue and we need your support.

If you can come along please contact your MP in advance and request a meeting so you can share your story and concerns with them on the day.

We will send out detailed information nearer the time which will have everything you need to successfully lobby your MP.

UNISON has reserved rooms in Parliament from 2pm to 6pm so your MP can come and meet you. And there will be plenty of UNISON stewards there to help you on the day.

If you are planning to come to the lobby please register here

For more information on the day of action contact K.Widlak@unison.co.uk

You may be interested to know that a new branch activist guide Organising, supporting and negotiating for EU workers has just been published and is available on the UNISON website.

UNISON has an estimated 70,000 members who are EU nationals and the national executive council has made it a priority to support them.

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